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Research Associate (Fixed Term)


We are looking for a post doctoral Research Associate to join the laboratory of Professor Jim Kaufman, based in central Cambridge, which studies the structure, function and evolution of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC). This programme focuses on the regulation and function of class II molecules apparently specialised for expression in (intestinal) epithelial cells, funded by an investigator award from the Wellcome Trust. The salary range for a Research Associate post is £31,604 - £38,833.

The Research Associate position would focus on understanding of expression of class II B and DMB genes in cells and tissues at the level of RNA and protein, and then on exploring function, including determination of peptides bound and identification of cells and receptors recognising the class II molecules. A PhD or equivalent in an appropriate field along with experience in techniques of molecular biology and vertebrate cell culture are essential, and experience in some of the following areas, biochemistry, flow cytometry, cellular immunological assays, mouse immunology and/or mucosal immunology, would be advantageous.

Research Associate possible duties include developing research objectives and proposals for own or joint research; conduct individual and collaborative research projects; write up research work for presentation and publication; assist in the preparation of proposals and applications to external bodies; plan the use of research resources, laboratories and workshops as appropriate; may be required to assist in the supervision of student projects, provide instructions to students and deliver seminars relating to own research area.

Other general duties/responsibilities which may be required for this post are outlined in the Further Information Document.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

General queries should be directed to Irene Piper, jobs@path.cam.ac.uk or 01223 333940.

Please quote reference PK15534 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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